Celebrate Eid, one of Islam's biggest celebrations, in the Maldivian capital Malé, when the city come alive with celebration and festivities.
- When? 1st - 5th September 2017
- Where? Malé
- Price: Free
We've all tried to disguise ourselves before - whether it's a fancy dress outfit or hiding behind a newspaper when we see someone we know (but don't want to talk to). However not many people can say they've participated in one of the Maldives' best loved traditions; disguising themselves with brightly coloured flour and water during Eid. Held every year, this religious celebration is marked throughout the country, with the biggest celebrations happening in the capital, Malé.
As significant as Christmas is for Christians, Eid is the biggest festival on the Islamic calendar. Marking the end of Ramadan (the month of fasting) the festival is all about sharing, kindness and generosity. As such, the streets of Malé fill with performers and musicians who stage huge outdoor (free) concerts. Traditional sports and entertainment (including Baibala) are also played and watched; locals also prepare elaborate feasts for their families. As well as city-wide celebrations, many of the younger generations disguise themselves in brightly coloured flower and water paste - the result is multi-coloured hordes of kids celebrating in the streets. At night you may see locals performing Dhadi jehun, a traditional Maldivian stick dance (usually accompanied by drums).
Technicolour disguises, live music and enough food to keep you full for weeks - Eid is a wonderful, warm-hearted festival that is best experienced in Malé. If you're planning on visiting the city during the festivities reserve accommodation early; this petite capital books up faster than you can hide behind a newspaper when your ex walks by.
- Get there: Use locals buses or taxis to get around Malé; the island can be reached by ferry.
- Stay: Book accommodation anywhere on the island. Festivities will take place all over, and it is small enough to navigate quickly.
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